Monday, August 13, 2012

Bellarive - The Heartbeat: A CD Review

Produced by Bellarive and Joshua Silverberg (Luminate, Abandon) and mixed by Allen Salmon (Gungor, Building 429), The Heartbeat made an unprecendented debut at No. 1 on iTunes' Christian and Gospel Album chart, holding the top spot for two days.

The Heartbeat's first single, "Taste of Eternity," has not only helped to bring Bellarive a growing fan base but the six-piece band from Florida has been receiving amazing album reviews from the media and coverage in outlets such as Rhapsody, Worship Leader, Worship Musician, CCM Magazine and more. The video for "Taste of Eternity" made its debut in June at Relevant Magazine's Check out the video here:

After connecting at their church in 2009, Bellarive's six members - Sean Curran (lead vocals, keys), Melissa Mage (vocals, percussion), her brother Mike Mage (programming, vocals, guitar), Zach Glotfelty (lead guitar), Josh Luker (bass, percussion), and Kenny Werner (drums) - immediately felt like kindred spirits. A couple of years later they realized God's calling for them was to become a band.

Bellarive hopes that the music of The Heartbeat pulls the listener closer to the depth's of God's heart, one of the reasons why their song sequence has an intentionality to it. "When we were writing these songs, they definitely all seemed of a set," shares Curran. "Each one revealed a little bit more of who God is to all of us, a different glimpse of His glory or love and getting deeper and deeper into His heart."

You can find Bellarive on Facebook, Twitter and on their official website.

My Review:

It is a rare occasion when you find a debut CD by a group that you just cannot stop listening to. This is the case with The Heartbeat from Bellarive. The entire CD is full of absolutely amazing lyrics that show the deep love of our Father, and the amazing talent of all those in the band. Each song is fantastic, but my favorites were definitely Hope Is Calling, The Father's Heart and I Know You. The heart of the group is felt with each word sang and it is very obvious that their love for the Lord is truly genuine in each song. If you are looking for a new pop/light rock style CD that combine contemporary and worship music, then I highly recommend The Heartbeat from Bellarive.

I give this CD a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT:  The Heartbeat can be purchased from iTunes and from Amazon and at all Christian retailers.

***I received a complimentary copy of this CD, courtesy of Merge PR, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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